Army Chief appreciates standards of training and high morale of troops
COAS General Raheel Sharif visited Exercise Area around Kharian and Gujranwala today.
He witnessed troops engaged in the ongoing Army Field Exercise. The Army Chief was briefed in detail about objectives and conduct of the Exercise from newly inducted hi-tech net enabled virtual war room. Army field exercise is being conducted in Central and Southern Command to validate operational plans and enhance preparedness.
Pakistan, Saudi Arabia enjoy strong defence ties
Saudi Air Chief Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Otaibi was the chief guest of the Passing out parade of the cadets of the Pakistan Air Force at Risalpur. While addressing the graduation ceremony of PAF Risalpur cadets he said that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan enjoy cordial and strong brotherly relations in all sectors, including defence cooperation between the two great nations. He lauded the quality of education and training being imparted at the PAF academy, Risalpur. The Saudi Air Chief also congratulated the Saudi and Kuwaiti cadets for successfully completion of the training.
UNHCR temporarily suspend repatriation of Afghan refugees
UNHCR has temporarily suspended the repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan due to winter season. UNHCR officials said repatriation of Afghan refugees will be re-launched from 1st March 2017. More than three hundred and thirty four thousand Afghan refugees were repatriated to their country under UNHCR repatriation programme this year.
Modi government is obsessed with Power
Congress party vice-president Rahul Gandhi said “The Modi government is obsessed with power, it seeks to silence all those who disagree. He said this during his opening remarks at the party’s working committee meeting today. BJP-ruled states are actively diluting and undermining laws passed by Parliament; land acquisition act and the real estate legislation are cases in point.” “Democracy, under the present dispensation, is going through one of its darkest hours.” The government has swung from one extreme to another in issues concerning Jammu & Kashmir.”
Iraqi-Kurdish fighters advance to east Mosul
Iraqi Kurdish fighters are exchanging heavy fighters with militants as they advance from two directions on a town held by the Islamic State group east of the city of Mosul. Today's push appears to be the most serious yet to drive IS from the area, which is about 13 kilometers (8 miles) northeast of Mosul. As the Kurdish forces advance, more artillery and air strikes are hitting the town. More than 2,000 ISIS militants were killed since the start of the offensive to liberate Mosul.
Libyan forces free fourteen civilians from Islamic state in Sirte
Libyan forces in the final stages of a six-month campaign to recapture Sirte from Islamic State said they freed 14 civilians on Sunday from a small residential area. The forces say they are exercising caution to limit casualties to civilians who may still be trapped with Islamic State fighters. Islamic State took full control of Sirte, a city of some 80,000 inhabitants, in early 2015.
FBI clears Hillary Clinton before Presidential Election
The FBI said it stood by its earlier finding that no criminal charges were warranted against Democrat Hillary Clinton for using a private email server for government work. FBI Director James Comey made the announcement in a letter to Congress. Agency had worked “around the clock” to complete its review of newly discovered emails and found no reason to change its July finding. “During that process, we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state.”
The Guardian view on Yemen: stop helping the killing
It is becoming harder to turn a blind eye to the suffering in Yemen, though plenty of people in London and Washington are trying. In the last month alone, the bombing of a funeral, killing at least 140 people, the strike on a prison, taking 58 more lives and photographs of skeletal teenagers have all testified to the devastating impact of an overlooked war. Since it broke out in March last year at least 10,000 have died, including 4,000 civilians. The impoverished country struggled even in peacetime. Now more than 3 million have been displaced; 14 million are going hungry. Four out of five Yemenis need aid. The Houthi rebels bear a good deal of blame for the devastation.
Hillary Clinton is amply qualified to be president-Washington Post
With the presidential campaign entering its final days, you have likely heard the latest theory gaining currency among political pundits: If the election is about Hillary Clinton, and not Donald Trump, she is sure to lose. We have written a lot in recent months about why Mr. Trump is manifestly unqualified — by experience, temperament and outlook — for the Oval Office. We agree that attention paid to his unfitness is to Ms. Clinton’s benefit. But we also believe that fair examination of Ms. Clinton in her own right provides convincing evidence that she is well prepared and fully capable to succeed as president of the United States.
Political will needed to fight New Delhi pollution-Gulf News
Last week, when unprecedented levels of soot in the air began choking New Delhi, celebrated Indian TV news anchor Ravish Kumar invited mime artists to highlight pollution in the Indian capital and a not-so-subtle point about government’s ban on his channel for violating broadcasting norms. By using foul air as a metaphor, his prime time show was a spoof on government’s attempt to stifle the freedom of the media. Since that night, air pollution has reached dangerously high levels in several pockets of the city of almost 19 million. Yesterday, city authorities announced the shutdown of a 700 megawatt coal-based power plant and a ban on construction activity for five days. This came after it announced a three-day closure of all schools.
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